Surface Pro OSX Virtual Machine

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  1. dwinnbrown

    dwinnbrown New Member

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    Hi All,
    I am looking at getting a surface pro 1 used.
    I am at home primarily a mac user (2008 octo Mac Pro) but need a machine for editing and development on the go. I am looking at getting the surface pro because they are much cheaper than a similar specd macbook air . I think I will be happy to to edit photo and video with photoshop and premiere or vegas but for development in Xcode will a vm be suitable. If anyone has any real world experiences with an OSX VM on the surface pro 1, I would love to know more.
    Thanks,
    Dylan

    PS I would also love to be able to do some light gaming.
    For me COD BLOPS2 at 50fps on low is fine, is this possible?
     
  2. tarrant64

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    Gaming should be solid, wouldn't say 50fps but but check out a YouTube channel called surfaceprogaming -great reviews there with different games that nay help give you an idea as to performance. By far the surface pro 2 does better though. I have a pro, and play steam games without issues, some go them on medium to high even. I think it's doable.

    How come you cannot do editing on windows? Some of those apps are available. I could imagine cost for an extra license would be a problem. Running an OS X vm in my experience can work but performance will take a hit. So you may get it to run, but doing something resource intensive like Photoshop is asking for trouble. You have limited ram resources as it is using a vm on a machine with only 4gm of memory. The pro is powerful, but a pro 2 with 8gb of ram will do better here IMO.

    Xcode, I hate the fact that this is really OS X only. I want to say again you could absolutely make this work, but it could run too slow for your tastes. I run VMware workstation on my work PC, 3-4 Vms at a time. Core i5, 8gb ram. I try to allocate at least 2gb tons machine for solid performance. OS X I had issues with but at the time it was mavericks in development. Buggy as hell.
     
  3. dwinnbrown

    dwinnbrown New Member

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    Hi,
    For your editing, I meant that I was happy to use premiere and photoshop (windows ) for the editing.
    My question was just about Xcode in the virtual machine?
    Great to know about the gaming potential :D
    I have an old macbook which I could probably use for Xcode however it only goes up to 10.7 (I have installed 10.8 with MLPostFactor) the problem is I just need something for Mavericks (iOS 7 development)
    Maybe I get something like an 09 macbook Pro and then save up for the surface?
    I would love it though if i could run a VM on the surface and so some basic development with Xcode and Gamesalad.
    Let me know on your opinions/ any potential solutions?.....

    Cheers,
    Dylan
     

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